Wednesday, 28 November 2012

I Got All The Booty

I have spent the last few weeks making pouches for my Dandelion Girl's birthday as Party Bags for her zoo-going guests.

As part of the Happy Little Pouch Hop, I will be posting a tutorial showing how to make these great poppered pouches.  They are really quick and simple.  Best of all, they are really fat quarter friendly; you can whip one up in less than an hour and there is not a zip in sight.

That is all I can tell you for now, but here is a piccy of all the Party Bags filled and ready.


Next, I don't mean to gloat but...
the swaps that I have been involved with on Flikr have been so inspiring and I have loved making bespoke items for each secret swap partner.  Creating is my biggest incentive in taking part in these swaps, but there is another side to it.  That is the receiving!  and wow I have been so blessed in all the items I have received.

Firstly, there was this outrageously wonderful tote bag that Cindy from ... made for me in the Mouthy Stitches Swap.

Mouthy Stitches 2 tote received

Imagine how loud I screamed when I saw the Heather Ross goldfish key fob that she made as my *extra*!

Mouthy Stitches 2 tote received

Then, Moira made me the most amazing pot holder with selvedges and everything.  The backside of this pot holder is equally as amazing at the front.

Scrappy Swap received Plus it was for the Scrappy Swap which includes a FQ of scraps {let me just tell you that those scraps are so totally gorgeous} and also a local item.  Moira sent me this wonderful coaster which is made from *upcycled* 19th century Nottingham lace, which you can read more about here.  It is such an original and different gift.  I love it.

Untitled Finally, Christine was my secret swap partner in the Modern She Made Round 2 and she has blown me away with this amazing mini quilt

Modern She Made Swap #2 received
and these amazing matching placemats


I am just speechless because they are all so perfect and beautifully made.  Plus there were other goodies like selvedges and a fab pattern in my parcel too.

I feel like a little kid blowing one big fat raspberry at y'all because I got all the booty and I'm so lucky.  These treasures are all now feathering my nest and making me smile.

Anyway, I'm sure you are sick of my gloating but I am a bit like the cat who got the cream, understandably so.

Hope you had a great day.
Cheerio for now

Monday, 26 November 2012

Happy Little Pouch Hop Starts Today

I am so excited.

The Happy Little Pouch Hop starts today.

Have you seen Elaine from Dashasel Sews fantastic iPhone case?

Source: Dashasel Sews

And what about Emily from Mommy's Naptime's tiny diddy little Pontom Pouch?

Source: Mommy's Naptime

They are both so great and definitely on my list of things to make.

In case you need a reminder, here is the line up for the Hop.

Monday 11/26: Emily from Mommy's Naptime and Elaine from Dashasel Sews
Tuesday, 11/27: Courtney from Mon Petit Lyons and Lucy from Charm About You
Wednesday, 11/28: Hollie from Undercover Crafter and Katie from Katie's Korner
Thursday, 11/29: Lindsay from Lindsay Sews and Michelle from I Like Orange
Friday, 11/30: Sara from Sew Sweetness, Cindy from Adventures of the Singing Quilter, and Jennifer from Ellison Lane Quilts

Monday, 12/3: Holly from Bijou Lovely and Heidi from Fabric Mutt
Tuedsay, 12/4: Elizabeth from Don't Call Me Bets and Emily from Mle BB
Wednesday, 12/5: Shruti from 13 Woodhouse Road and Liz from Dandelion Daydreams
Thursday, 12/6: Beth from Plum and June and Kaelin from The Plaid Scottie
Friday, 12/7: Emily from Mommy's Naptime and Elaine from Dashasel Sews

The Flickr group is already filling up with some fantastic pouches and if you head over there now, you can even catch a sneak preview of the pouch you can make using my tutorial which will be here on 5th December 2012.

Don't forget that there are some amazing prizes to be won.  Simply upload your pouchy makes to the Flickr group and at the end of each week there will be some great prizes!

I can't wait to see your Pouches.

Cheerio for today

Friday, 16 November 2012

13 is my favourite number

Thirteen is my favourite of all the numbers.

And it just so happens that this round of the Doll Quilt Swap is number 13.

You know I am easily led astry and that {13} was all the encouragement I needed to pop my name into the draw.

There are so many amazingly talented sewistas hoping to take part.  It's not a first come first served sort of a swap, but more of a prize draw.  Keep your fingers crossed for me, please.  I really want in.

Doll Quilt Swap 13 inspiration Mosaic

This is the inspiration mosaic I made for my potential partner.

I have been sewing this week, but 'tis all secret stuff that I can only tease you about and not actually show you yet!  {hee hee}
Hope you have a fab weekend.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Have You Heard About This Brilliant Hop

I am so excited to tell you that I am going to be part of the {Happy Little Pouch Hop}.

Are you a little pouch happy (or perhaps a bit of a pouch addict)? Are you interested in a little pouch eye candy, tutorials, and pattern reviews? If so, please join us for the Happy Little Pouch Hop!

Starting Monday, November 26, there will be two weeks of pouch inspiration, pattern reviews and tutorials from some happy pouch bloggers! We've started a Flickr group too so that you can join in the fun, and we will have prizes that will be awarded each weekend of the blog hop.

Here are our Happy Little Pouch Blog Hoppers!

Emily from Mommy's Naptime
Elaine from Dashasel Sews
Courtney from Mon Petit Lyons
Lucy from Charm About You
Hollie from Undercover Crafter
Katie from Katie's Korner
Lindsay from Lindsay Sews
Michelle from I Like Orange
Sara from Sew Sweetness
Holly from Bijou Lovely
Heidi from Fabric Mutt
Elizabeth from Don't Call Me Betsy
Emily from Mle BB
Shruti from 13 Woodhouse Road
Beth of Plum and June
Kaelin from The Plaid Scottie

and of course, 

Please join us in the fun and share your pouchy makes in our Flickr group

Prizes have generously been donated by:


It is going to be so much fun!

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Scrappy Swap, Poppies and Extra Blocks

I have been finishing up the items to send to my Scrappy Swap partner over on Flikr.

Scrappy Swap - ready to send
Scrappy Swap items ready to send

When I went to the local {vintage} Haberdashery yesterday, I picked up a few gorgeous notions for my partner too.

I often don't use the notions I buy there.  They are pretty old mostly but I find it fascinating to see the old fashioned packaging and prices.

This parcel makes me feel really Autumnal and happy.  I really hope that my partner will feel the same when it arrives with her.

I have also been busy making more blocks for Jo.  She posted in our Bee to see if anyone could help her out with a special project she had in mind.  What with her being one of my bessie bloggy friends and all, I was happy to stitch up some blocks.  I love her fabric taste and the parcel she sent didn't disappoint.





*gah* I am so sick of this terrible gloomy daylight.  I will definitely be asking Father Christmas for a new camera, my old phone one just doesn't cut it any more.  I hope he is feeling flush this year, as I'm hoping beyond hope that he gets me a Fat Quarterly Ticket too #pigsmightfly.

I will leave you today with the poppy that my daughter and I made recently for Remembrance Day.

Poppy Homework

Remembering, today.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Mug Rug Love

Regular readers of my blog will know that I love the Japanese + and x block.  As November is my turn to be Mama Bee in our Fat Quarterly Retreat Kinky Bee, I was a little sad not to be making blocks for someone else.  So when the very lovely Carol from The Running Hare blog mentioned that she was also Mama Bee for the other half of our Bee and was requesting those much favoured blocks aforementioned, I just had to try and twist her arm to let me play with her fabrics too.  She acquiesced to my request and here are the blocks.

Japanese + and x blocks for Carol

I have to say that I really loved all the fabrics she sent.
I don't have much like these in my stash but they were so sumptuous and divine.

Japanese + and x blocks for Carol  

Those grey and white tiny spots were my faves of all.  

The left over fabric went back to Carol with the blocks but the little triangles that you trim off the *x* part of the blocks were languishing on my cutting mat when I went to sew yesterday.

As I am taking part in the Scrappy Swap on Flikr at the moment, it dawned on me that rather than just scoop those tiny triangles up and chuck them in the bin, I should give them a chance to be part of my swap item.  

So I sewed them all up and pressed all their little seams open.  And then I sewed those little squares together and pressed their seams open until at last this little block was born...


The little squares are just over an inch each.

My scrappy swap partner indicated that she wouldn't mind a Mug Rug, so I thought I would add a border and bind it {following Kerry Berry's super single binding tutorial}.  I hand stitched the binding to the back and I have to say that I am very happy with how it ended up.   In fact, I think I might have to make a few more Mug Rugs now because I really enjoyed the process of seeing this little mini quilt come together.

Scrappy Swap Mug Rug

The border is Melody Miller and the binding is Orange Essex Linen with Oakshott purple/orange weft scrappy feature.

Fingers crossed my partner likes it too.

Cheerio for now

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Mo-Stash Bee


I am really excited to be part of a new Bee that the wonderful Whitney friom The Peacock Tree and Deb from Trio Stitch Studio are organising.

I love being part of a Bee and I have been hankering after taking part in one that uses the participants own stashes each month.

I just heard this morning that there might even be giveaways!

If you are tempted, hop on over to Whitney or Deb's blogs and find out all the details by clicking on their names above.  I think the list is closing soon, so no dilly-dallying. 

Fresh Sewing Day... Already!

This month has flown by.

I was really shocked making my mosaic of all the things I made this month.  It has been a really productive month.  I think this might directly correlate to how stressed I have been.  I definitely sew more when I am stressed!

October 2012 makes mosaic

Linking up with the magnificent Lynne at Lily's Quilts.
Lily's Quilts

I love Fresh Sewing Day.
Off to see what everyone else made.
Cheerio and kind regards